10 Secret Dolphin Features You Might Have Missed

Jimdo secret features
Illustration by Noam Weiner

Even if you’ve built an awesome website with Dolphin, you might not be editing your website every day. But we’re developing new features to help you optimize your Jimdo website all the time. And because we’re always adding new options,  you could be missing out on some handy hints and tricks for improving your website. So here’s a rundown of our favorite Dolphin features that you might have missed!


1. Write a unique 404 page

Every page on your site has its own unique address or URL. But sometimes, website visitors make mistakes (just like us). When a visitor types in a URL incorrectly or clicks on a broken link (one that goes to a missing page or has a typo), they will be directed to your 404 error page.

It’s called a 404 page  because “404” is coding-speak for “someone is trying to visit a page on this site that doesn’t exist.” When you land on a typical 404 page, you’ll find a short explanation of what’s happened along with a button that will take you back to the homepage.

But why have a boring 404 page, when you can write your own? Every page on your website is an opportunity for your business to shine! With Jimdo, you can edit the 404 page text on your Dolphin website so that it matches your brand voice and company style.

HOW TO DO IT: Click on Pages then scroll down and select Page not found / 404 to start editing your 404 page.


2. Change your block layout

A block is a block is a block. Or is it? You can now edit your website blocks to make them look different.

You can change the background color of a block to a color from your color scheme. You can also change the layout of the content in some blocks.  For example, use an image on one side with some text on the other, to completely change the look of your block.

HOW TO DO IT: Select the Change Layout option on the left-hand side of the block.


3. Clean-up your footer

A good footer is short. And to the point. It shows up on every page, so it’s not the place for serious storytelling.

The basic version of your footer will only contain the links that are legally required.  But this leaves you with a lot of empty space. To tidy up your footer, edit the layout to make the links appear side-by-side. And, voila! Your footer will look slick and take up less space at the bottom of your pages.

HOW TO DO IT: Select the Change Layout option on the left-hand side of the block.


4. Choose which part of an image to show

When you upload an image, you have two ways to select which part of it will be visible.

  1. Use the magnifying glass to zoom in on the image and show a smaller area in more detail. This works best with high-resolution images because they will stay sharp as you zoom in without getting pixelated.
  2. Click on and drag the zoomed-in area to reveal a different area of the image. This combination of zooming and dragging lets you determine how to crop the image.  


5. Add filters to your images

Filters give your images more impact. Use them to make your images more colorful or to add some dramatic lighting. You can apply filters to any image on your Dolphin website.

Filters can help you create a consistent style for all images on your website. Just apply the same filter to each image and suddenly—all of your images are in sync! You’ll look more professional and your visitors will love it.

And if you’ve got an image that didn’t turn out quite the way you planned, a filter is the perfect the way to smooth over any imperfections.

HOW TO DO IT: Select any image on your website and click on the magic wand to add a filter. It’s magic!


6. Add alternate texts to your images

Hey, that’s a cute kitty. Shame Google can’t see it. You know what your image shows. But without any text, the search engines have no way of reading your image. But you still want them to understand what your page is about.

Make it easy for search engines to recognize your images with alternate text. An alternate text describes the content of an image in a few keywords. Try using keywords that are important not only for that image but for the page as a whole. This will tell the search engines that everything on your page relates to the same topic and increase your chances of ranking higher.

HOW TO DO IT: Select any image on your website and click on the specs icon to add alternative text.


7. Change your animations

As visitors scroll through your website, an animation pops up whenever new content appears on the screen. As soon as the content becomes visible, it moves up. Never noticed? Well, it’s there and it adds a magic touch to your website.

You can choose to change your animation style or to have no animation at all. For example, you can make your content appear to “fade” into the screen. The content will then appear in full color as visitors scroll down. We’ve added lots of animation styles for you to try in the Dolphin website Design menu.

HOW TO DO IT: Click on the Design menu at the top left of the screen and select Edit Style > Animation to choose your animation style.


8. Make changes to publish later

Got big plans for your website? Great! But this means you’ll need time to prepare them. When you add a new page, for example, you probably don’t want visitors to see it until it’s finished.

Your website changes won’t be visible to visitors until you click Publish. So you can write, design and experiment, to your heart’s content and your visitors won’t notice a thing. Once your page is ready to go, click Publish and your new page will be revealed to your visitors. If you want to see what the final page will look like while you’re editing, use the Preview mode.

HOW TO DO IT: In editing mode, you’ll see the Publish button at the top of the screen. Hit it when you’re ready for visitors to see your latest creation!


9. Use the mobile preview

When you’re in editing mode, you’ll see a background around your website pages. This is so that you can see the menu alongside your website while you make changes. If you want to check how visitors will see your pages, use the Preview mode.

In Preview, you’ll see your website in full-screen mode, just like your visitors do. The only difference is the bar at the top of your screen. This is where you can switch between desktop and mobile preview so you can see how your website adapts to different screen sizes.  

HOW TO DO IT: You can find the Preview button at the top of your screen, next to the Publish button. Try toggling between desktop and mobile previews to see how your pages will look on different devices.


10. Undo changes

Everything was going well, until… You accidentally deleted an image! Don’t worry, with the undo button you can bring it right back.

We all make mistakes. If you slip up when editing your website, it’s easy to reverse any unwanted changes. When you click Undo, you will undo your latest edit. If you keep clicking, you will go back in time and continue undoing earlier changes one by one. You can keep undoing edits as long as you haven’t logged out since making the edit.

HOW TO DO IT: You can find the Undo button at the top of your screen, next to Preview. You’ll also find Redo there, in case you don’t want to undo something after all.


Bonus tip: only use what you need

We’ve designed Jimdo Dolphin with lots of options so you can take your website in any direction you want to go. But of course, you won’t always need them all. Here’s a common example.

To logo, or not to logo

Your navigation bar comes with a space to add your own logo. If you don’t have a logo yet, you’ll be better off leaving that area empty. No logo usually looks a lot better than adding a random image just to fill the space.

HOW TO DO IT: Hover over your navigation bar and select Options, then uncheck the Logo box to remove it. You can go back and add a logo when you have one.

Every block has a Show Elements menu on the right-hand side. Click it to select which content you want to use for that block. You can also remove any bits of content you don’t need.

Did we miss anything? What are your favorite Jimdo features?


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Suzanne Al-Gayaar
Suzanne is a copywriter for Jimdo. She discovered her love of marketing when she was growing her first business. When she’s not dreaming up one-liners, you can find her eating mint humbugs, horse riding, or hiking with her dog.